Colin-on-Cars – Hino launches 700 Series

Hino South Africa has completed its truck range for the country with the launch of a new 700 Series that has improved safety systems as well as lower fuel usage.

“Our current ranges of 200 and 300 Series medium trucks are proving very popular as is our 500 series in the heavy truck segment and now we will also have a strong competitor in the high volume, extra-heavy category,” says Anton Falck, Vice President of Hino South Africa. “Minimising downtime for our customers was a prime aim with the redesign of this important model.”

The exterior of the Hino 700 Series has undergone its first major design change in 14 years, with aerodynamic and safety benefits. From the grille, which has a three-dimension appearance, to the headlamps, this truck has a new frontal appearance, while the restyling of the cab has made it more spacious for the driver.

The interior has been completely redone too, with a major focus on improving comfort and ergonomics to cut driver fatigue. It is also easier to get in and out of the new cab.

There is a compact range of four basic models, a tipper, a freight carrier, and two truck tractors, all 6×4 configurations.

Power comes from derivatives of the 13-litre Hino E13C six-cylinder turbo-charged and intercooled diesel engine. The 2841 models are fitted with one version of this engine, developing 302 kW between 1 500 r/min and 1 800 r/min, together with a peak torque of 1 961 Nm between 1 400 r/min and 1 800 r/min.

The high-powered 2845 truck tractor utilises an engine model that produces 331 kW between 1 500 r/min and 1 800 r/min, with a peak torque of 2 157 Nm between 1 050 r/min and 1 400 r/min.

Fuel-saving changes include the switch from a variable nozzle type turbo-charger to a conventional type that facilitates a weight reduction of 13 kg. Significant fuel saving is possible when the standard Eco Mode system is used.

Both engines are mated to a ZF 16-speed Traxon automated manual transmission, offering fully automatic shifting with optional manual override.

The rear suspension has been given a makeover, resulting in a 20% weight reduction while performance is retained. Front and rear suspension are by leaf springs, while the power-assisted, variable ratio rack and pinion steering now has a variable hydraulic pump as a contributor to saving fuel.

Koyo, Goto the Chief engineer for the 700 Series, say: “We, at Hino Motors in Japan, have aimed to enhance safety through the adoption of active driver support systems and preventive safety systems, as well as improving driver comfort with a much quieter cab, and improved ride comfort. The new, high-functionality seats can accommodate a wider range of driver body heights in comfort which will reduce fatigue and improve driving efficiency. I am confident that we have succeeded in developing a truck that provides a safe and comfortable working environment.”

New safety systems include the Pre-Collision System (PCS) which uses a millimetre wave radar and an image-based sensor to predict a vehicle or pedestrian on the road ahead, a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and a Staggering Warning (SW) which alerts the driver if the truck starts weaving over the road.

If the staggering continues without being addressed by the driver, then the PCS prepares to activate quickly.

A further safety feature is the Driver Monitor Camera (DMC) which constantly checks the driver’s posture, face direction, and the state of the eyelids – open or closed. If the system detects insufficient driver focus on the road in front of the truck, then the driver is alerted with a buzzer and a warning message on the dashboard to help prevent a collision.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which uses a millimetre wave radar to detect preceding vehicles to automatically maintain an appropriate vehicle-to-vehicle distance, is fitted as standard.

All models have engine retarders as standard, while the Freight Carrier and TT models have ZF intarders for additional brake assistance fitted as standard. This, together with a crash bag for the driver, anti-lock brakes, seat-mounted seat belts and side impact beams in the doors complete the package.

The new 700 Series is the first Hino in South Africa to feature multi-functional controls on the steering wheel and these include the Bluetooth audio and hands-free operation of the telephone.

Air-conditioning, an AM/FM audio system with CD player, USB, AUX and Bluetooth, power windows, central locking and a transponder immobiliser key are all standard.

The new Hino 700 Series truck range is covered by one of the most comprehensive warranties for extra-heavy trucks in South Africa. The vehicle, powertrain and chassis frame warranties on the tipper are for 24 months, irrespective of distance covered, while the other models have 36-month warranties. There is a 48-month/unlimited distance warranty on cab corrosion.

Service intervals are every 15 000 km / 250 hours for the tipper and every 30 000 km for the other models, although these may change depending on operating conditions.

Hino-Connect, a full fleet management system, is installed as standard fitment on the new 700 Series. This is a joint venture with Cartrack.  

“This comprehensive telematics solution includes a three-year subscription from the date of fitment and will be an important, additional tool to ensure we continue to provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” says Falck.


Model TypePowerTorqueTareGVM
28416×4 Tipper302 kW (410 hp)1 961 N.m8 640 kg28 300 kg
28416×4 F/C302 kW (410 hp)1 961 N.m9 030 kg28 300 kg
28416×4 TT302 kW (410 hp)1 961 N.m9 605 kg28 300 kg
28456×4 TT331 kW (450 hp)2 157 N.m9 605 kg28 300 kg

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